HBO and Bill Simmons announce major new multi-year, multi-platform exclusive agreement

hbo-sportsHBO AND BILL SIMMONS ANNOUNCE MAJOR NEW MULTI-YEAR,

 MULTI-PLATFORM EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT,

 ANCHORED BY AN ALL-NEW HBO SERIES TO LAUNCH IN 2016

LOS ANGELES, July 22, 2015 – Bill Simmons, one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media and the founding editor of Grantland.com, and HBO have entered into a major exclusive multi-year, multi-platform agreement highlighted by a new weekly series coming next year, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time,” said Lombardo. “His intelligence, talent and insights are without precedent in the areas he covers. We could not be more thrilled for him to bring those talents to HBO and to become a signature voice at the network, spanning the sports and pop culture landscapes.”

“It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape,” Simmons said. “From the moment I started talking to Michael and Richard [Plepler, HBO chairman and CEO], it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”

HBO will be Simmons’ exclusive television home. The overall agreement, which begins in October, provides for a comprehensive partnership on a variety of platforms between the network and Simmons. Among the elements of the new deal will be a talk show set to premiere in 2016 that will air on the main HBO service, as well as the HBO digital platforms HBO GO® and HBO NOWSM. Topical and spontaneous, the show will feature stories and guests from across the sports and cultural landscapes.

Simmons will also have a production deal to produce content and assets for the network and its digital platforms, delivering video podcasts and features. In addition, Simmons will be consulting with HBO Sports, working closely with HBO Sports president Ken Hershman on non-boxing-related programming, including the development of shows and documentary films for the network.

Bill Simmons has served as a sports columnist, TV host and analyst, two-time New York Times bestselling author (“Now I Can Die in Peace: How the Sports Guy Found Salvation Thanks to the World Champion (Twice!) Boston Red Sox” and “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy,” which was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list), Emmy® Award-winning documentary film executive and podcaster. He was the founding editor of the landmark Grantland.com website, which launched four years ago and was recently nominated for three National Magazine Awards, and wrote the groundbreaking “Sports Guy” column for the past 14 years for ESPN and then Grantland.

A native New Englander, Simmons generated the concept for the network’s acclaimed “30 for 30” documentary series, becoming one of its Emmy®-winning executive producers, in addition to ushering in the network’s presence in podcasting with his highly successful podcast “The B.S. Report,” which debuted in 2007 and featured such guests as President Barack Obama, Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock and Lena Dunham, to name a few. It was the #1 sports podcast on iTunes last year with more than four million downloads per month.

Simmons began writing for ESPN.com in 2001, and starting in 2002, was the lead columnist for ESPN The Magazine for seven years. He also served as a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC from 2002 to 2004.

Simmons earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the College of the Holy Cross and earned a Master’s of Arts in Print Journalism from Boston University. Simmons lives in Los Angeles.

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An All-New Real Sports returns Tuesday

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

COVERS THE LACK OF HEAD TRAUMA PROTECTION IN GIRLS’ YOUTH SOCCER;

EXAMINES GOPRO’S IMPACT ON EXTREME SPORTS COVERAGE; AND

REVISITS ITS EMMY®-NOMINATED PROBE OF QATAR’S 2022 WORLD CUP

WHEN THE SHOW RETURNS JUNE 23, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 219th edition debuts TUESDAY, JUNE 23 (10:0011:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

            *Girl Interrupted. While football is the leading cause of concussions in sports, soccer runs a close second, and has become the biggest cause of concussions by far for girls. Although the headlines about concussions in the NFL have led many major sports to institute rule changes to protect the health of children, the leaders of girls’ youth soccer in the U.S. have done little. REAL SPORTS correspondent Mary Carillo spotlights this growing concern among parents, coaches and players, speaking with two stars of the 1999 Women’s World Cup-winning team, who believe one simple rule change could drastically reduce head injuries and protect the health of all players.

Producer: Jordan Kronick.

(Correspondent David Scott skiing with GoPro Founder and CEO Nick Woodman.)

*GoPro. When Nick Woodman wanted to capture video of his surfing conquests up-close – something other sports had enjoyed for decades – the result was GoPro. This compact high-definition video camera is small enough to go anywhere, durable enough to survive the most devastating accidents and advanced enough to produce breathtaking images. An overnight success and now a billion-dollar business, it’s been dubbed the ultimate tool for the “selfie” generation and has been integral in revolutionizing extreme sports coverage. In this visually striking segment, REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel goes heli-skiing with GoPro founder and CEO Woodman to learn about his groundbreaking invention and meets athletes who have used GoPro to share their view with fans as they strive to reach new heights in extreme sports.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

(Correspondent David Scott with the parents of a young Nepali man who died working in Qatar.)

*The Price of Glory in Qatar. In July 2014, REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott investigated the 2022 Qatar World Cup, showing how this tiny but fantastically wealthy country has recently conducted an obsessive campaign to achieve glory through sport at seemingly any cost – in dollars, ethics, rights and even human lives. Now, REAL SPORTS revisits this eye-opening story in the wake of the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the arrests of many other high-ranking officials at FIFA on corruption and bribery charges.

In the Emmy®-nominated 2014 segment, Scott spoke with men who were imported to Qatar to build up the country as it prepared to host the World Cup and witnessed the deadly conditions they faced daily, while also meeting with officials who seemingly turned a blind eye toward these abuses. Now, Scott learns that in addition to alleged bribery scandals and dangerous working conditions, Qatar’s 2022 World Cup is plagued by the country’s suspected ties to terrorism in the Middle East and around the world.

Producers: David Scott, Josh Fine, Jake Rosenwasser.

Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four-minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, Wanda Sykes, who appeared on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and has starred in two solo specials on the network, offers her twist on gender equality in sports today.

Other HBO playdates: June 23 (4:10 a.m.), 26 (11:30 a.m., 4:45 p.m.), 27 (11:00 p.m.), 28 (9:00 a.m.) and 30 (2:45 p.m.), and July 3 (4:45 p.m.), 4 (9:30 a.m.) and 6 (8:00 p.m., 3:50 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: June 25 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 29 (4:00 p.m., 2:15 a.m.), and July 9 (11:45 p.m.), 11 (1:00 p.m.), 13 (8:45 a.m.) and 19 (4:00 p.m.)

On May 5, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL captured two Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. REAL SPORTS has won Outstanding Sports Journalism Emmys® 16 times and earned 28 Sports Emmy® Awards overall since debuting in 1995.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on June 23, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans debuts Aug. 11 on HBO

hbo-texansHBO SPORTS®, NFL FILMS AND THE HOUSTON TEXANS JOIN FORCES FOR

A NEW SEASON OF THE ULTIMATE SPORTS REALITY SERIES WHEN

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS,

CHRONICLING THE RIGORS AND DAILY DEMANDS OF NFL TRAINING CAMP, DEBUTS TUESDAY, AUG. 11, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Houston Texans team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS debuts in August. The first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV – kicks off its five-episode tenth season TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Other hour-long episodes of the 12-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning series debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale.

“We are thrilled that the tenth edition of HARD KNOCKS will spotlight a team in a division that we have not featured previously on HBO,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. “It’s exciting to feature a team, a franchise and a city for the first time on HARD KNOCKS. We are grateful to Texans chairman Bob McNair, general manager Rick Smith, coach Bill O’Brien and the entire organization for agreeing to participate and look forward to what we expect to be one of the most compelling and interesting seasons in HARD KNOCKS history. The series has become a summertime destination for TV viewers, and we can’t wait for the premiere on August 11.”

“We want to thank Bob McNair, Rick Smith, Bill O’Brien and the entire Houston Texans’ organization for the trust they have in NFL Films by allowing us unprecedented access into their training camp,” says Howard Katz, COO of NFL Films and NFL senior vice president of broadcasting. “We are looking forward to highlighting this team comprised of star players, free-agent newcomers and hopeful rookies as they come together to try to ascend to the top of the AFC South. We are excited to work with both the Texans and HBO Sports to give fans an inside look into the game they love.”

The cinema verité series will focus on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches as the Houston Texans, who play in the hard-nosed AFC South, conduct the franchise’s 14th training camp and prepare for the 2015 NFL season. HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS will chronicle second-year head coach Bill O’Brien and an intriguing mix of high-profile veterans, emerging stars, free agents and rookie hopefuls throughout training camp and the four-game preseason schedule. Each week, players will experience drills, instruction, meetings and fun, while striving to prove they have what it takes to make the team and leave their mark on the NFL. The Texans are a team on the rise, with O’Brien improving the team’s record from 2-14 to 9-7 in his first season at the helm.

“We are thrilled to partner with HBO and NFL Films to give fans unprecedented access to our team and organization,” says Texans founder, chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair. “The HARD KNOCKS documentaries do a tremendous job of displaying how an NFL team prepares for the upcoming season. We look forward to showcasing the Houston Texans to a worldwide audience.”

A 30-person NFL Films crew will be at the Texans’ training camp at team headquarters in Houston, shooting more than 1,500 hours of footage over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have unencumbered access to the players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields.

“This is an opportunity to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our team as we prepare for the 2015 season,” says Rick Smith, the Texans’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager. “Fans will get a chance to see the great competition that takes place day-in and day-out on the practice field, as well as get to know all the unique personalities on our roster.”

Four summers ago HARD KNOCKS moved its premiere night to Tuesday and the results have been a resounding success. The five-part 2014 series on the NFC South Atlanta Falcons averaged more than 3.6 million viewers per episode, an increase from the show’s 2013 performance. No other sports reality series can match the critical acclaim, awards and audience numbers posted by the HARD KNOCKS franchise.

To date, HARD KNOCKS has earned 12 Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence. The series launched with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, followed by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, and resumed in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs, winning the show’s first Sports Emmy®. In 2008, the series returned to the Dallas Cowboys, receiving a second Sports Emmy®. In 2009, HARD KNOCKS spotlighted the Cincinnati Bengals and captured two more Sports Emmy® Awards, for Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology and Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. In 2010, the New York Jets were featured and the series captured three Sports Emmys®, including Outstanding Edited Series/Anthology. Summer 2012 spotlighted the Miami Dolphins, earning an Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound. The Bengals were featured again in 2013 and the series captured three more Sports Emmys®, for Outstanding Editing, Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound. The 2014 series featuring the Falcons was recognized with the Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition/Direction/Lyrics.

Each of the last five teams featured on HARD KNOCKS has improved its won-loss record in the regular season immediately following the training camp presentation.

TIME called the show “riveting,” while NFL.com hailed the series as “undoubtedly the greatest football program in the history of the television medium.” Business Week observed, “As a workplace drama, it ranks among the best on television,” and New York’s Daily News termed it “the gold standard of sports reality programming.” ESPNW wrote, “The return of the NFL season also means the return of one of the best shows on television, ‘Hard Knocks.’ This rare look at how any given moment can be the end of a season or even a career.” Grantland.com observed, “Hard Knocks is when it really feels like we’re getting football back in our lives.”

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS is narrated by Liev Schreiber.

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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: New edition May 19

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

INVESTIGATES UNDER-REGULATED WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS IN THE MILITARY;

CHRONICLES BLIND ATHLETE AND ADVENTURER ERIK WEIHENMAYER; AND

RECONNECTS WITH MMA SENSATION RONDA ROUSEY

WHEN IT RETURNS MAY 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

             REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 218th edition debuts TUESDAY, MAY 19 (10:0011:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

            *In Harm’s Way. For the United States military, good physical fitness is about more than looking and feeling good. It can also determine career trajectory and save a life in various situations, including combat. So it’s not surprising to find that more than 70% of troops take some sort of supplement, many of them workout supplements marketed with the military in mind. In recent years, an alarming number of service men and women have suffered illnesses and injuries such as liver damage, seizures and heart issues, and several have died, after taking these supplements. REAL SPORTS correspondent Soledad O’Brien presents an eye-opening investigation into the use of under-regulated workout supplements, which can be purchased at GNC stores at military bases around the country, and follows the money trail to the corridors of power in Washington.

Producer: Jake Rosenwasser.

 

            *Erik Weihenmayer. Erik Weihenmayer has scaled the Seven Summits, somersaulted out of airplanes and scrambled up 2,000 foot icefalls like Canada’s Polar Circus. Now he’s taking on what he calls the greatest challenge of his life, an almost 300-mile solo kayak trip down the Colorado River through some of North America’s most violent rapids. What makes this, and all his feats, so remarkable is that the 46-year-old athlete is completely blind, and has been since age 13. REAL SPORTS correspondent David Scott followed Weihenmayer as he tackled Colorado’s terrifying white waters.

Producer: David Scott.

 

                  *Ronda Rousey. In 2013, REAL SPORTS profiled a rising Ronda Rousey, weeks before she became the first female fighter to headline a major UFC event. Since then, she has become one of the most famous female athletes in the world. Business Insider recently named Rousey the most dominant athlete in sports, edging out NBA superstar LeBron James for the top spot. In her five UFC fights, Rousey is undefeated and finished four of her five opponents in the first round. The 28-year-old has raised her profile substantially outside the octagon as well, appearing in the blockbuster film “Furious 7” and the upcoming “The Expendables 3,” in addition to co-authoring the book “My Fight/Your Fight,” which tells her life story. Correspondent Jon Frankel catches up with Rousey to discuss her meteoric rise from talented fighter to global celebrity and learns how she is dealing with newfound fame.

Producers: Tim Walker, Beret Remak.

Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four-minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, Billy Crystal, who has starred in six solo specials on HBO and appeared on the first REAL SPORTS in 1995, weighs in on sports today and discusses how challenging it is for his grandchildren to connect with today’s sports heroes.

Other HBO playdates: May 19 (3:45 a.m.), 23 (9:30 a.m.), 27 (2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.) and 29 (8:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.), and June 2 (11:30 p.m.), 4 (6:00 p.m., 3:35 a.m.) and 7 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 21 (11:45 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 24 (2:30 p.m.) and 26 (7:00 p.m., 2:35 a.m.), and June 16 (1:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 21 (10:30 a.m.)

On May 5, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL captured two Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. REAL SPORTS has won Outstanding Sports Journalism Emmys® 16 times and earned 28 Sports Emmy® Awards overall since debuting in 1995.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on May 19, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Generates 4.4 Million Plus Domestic Pay-Per-View Buys

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MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO EVENT SHATTERS RECORDS FOR PPV BUYS, PPV REVENUE, LIVE GATE AND MORE

Generates Combined Total Revenues In Excess of $500 Million

NEW YORK (May 12, 2015)—The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.  Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone.  With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.  The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide.  The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media.  For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and co-produced and co-distributed by HBO PPV® and SHOWTIME PPV®.

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HBO SPORTS RECEIVES THREE SPORTS EMMY AWARDS

hbo-sportsWinners were announced tonight at the 36th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards in New York City.

HBO® collected three Sports Emmy Awards for 2014 production excellence.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel captured two awards. Real Sports has now won 28 Sports Emmy Awards since the monthly series debuted in 1995.  16 of those awards have come in the category of “Outstanding Sports Journalism.”  Jon Frankel’s report on Kids & Guns, which captured this year’s trophy for “Outstanding Sports Journalism,” marks his second career Sports Emmy win for his work on Real Sports.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons, in conjunction with NFL Films, took home the award for ”Outstanding Music Composition.”  This is the 12th Sports Emmy trophy for the acclaimed franchise.

Below are the Sports Emmy Award wins for HBO:

OUTSTANDING SPORTS NEWS ANTHOLOGY

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (third straight year Real Sports has captured this award)

OUTSTANDING SPORTS JOURNALISM –  (16th all-time win in the category for Real Sports)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL – KIDS & GUNS (Jon Frankel)

OUTSTANDING MUSIC COMPOSITION / DIRECTION / LYRICS

HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS

For a complete list of wins go to www.emmyonline.org/sports

The 36th Sports Emmy Award winners were revealed May 5, 2015 in New York City at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Time Warner Center.

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HBO Sports® Presents the Replay of FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MANNY PACQUIAO

hbo-fightHBO SPORTS® PRESENTS THE REPLAY

 FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MANNY PACQUIAO,

 SATURDAY, MAY 9, ALONG WITH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®:

CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND

 HBO Sports presents FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. MANNY PACQUIAO, the replay of their high-stakes world welterweight unification title fight, SATURDAY, MAY 9 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The pay-per-view team, which was ringside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, calls all the action. The telecast will be available in HDTV.

On Saturday, May 2, boxing’s two biggest superstars met in a showdown that was six years in the making, carried live on pay-per-view, with Mayweather scoring a unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao.

The replay will be paired with the previously announced “World Championship Boxing®” doubleheader from Minute Maid Park in Houston, headlined by the highly anticipated super welterweight collision of Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland.  The event marks Canelo’s 2015 ring debut.

Other HBO playdates for all three bouts: May 10 (10:30 a.m.) and 11 (11:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates for all three bouts: May 10 (3:00 p.m.) and 12 (11:30 p.m.)

Official Trailer – Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last

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Premiering Saturday, April 18th, Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last is a one-hour film chronicling the nearly six-year journey to the most anticipated fight of the modern era, featuring an inside look at Manny Pacquiao’s preparations for Floyd Mayweather.

Russell Wilson, Jim Harbaugh & Chris Rock Headline Tuesday’s All-New Real Sports

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH MICHIGAN HEAD FOOTBALL COACH JIM HARBAUGH;

PROFILES SEATTLE SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACK RUSSELL WILSON; AND

REVISITS THE DEBATE OVER CHEWING TOBACCO IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

WHEN IT RETURNS APRIL 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

 

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, returns with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 217th edition debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 21 (10:0011:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

(Jim Harbaugh at The Big House with correspondent Andrea Kremer.)

*Jim Harbaugh. After his bumpy departure from the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh left the Bay Area with many questions unanswered. Now settled in as head football coach at the University of Michigan, the 51-year-old sits down with REAL SPORTS correspondent Andrea Kremer to talk about his falling-out with the 49ers and how it landed him back where his father was an assistant under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler and Harbaugh himself was quarterback of the football team. Kremer learns that Harbaugh’s fiery demeanor and win-at-any-cost mentality may have contributed to this career move – and that he has no plans of toning down his passion any time soon.

Producers: Josh Fine, Beret Remak.

(Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson with host Bryant Gumbel.)

            *Seattle’s Savior. When you toss the biggest interception in Super Bowl history, how do you cope? REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel travels to San Diego, where Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks’ superstar quarterback, spends the offseason to speak with him about that ill-fated play, witness his grueling workouts and see how he’s handling the criticism. Gumbel also gets a behind-the-scenes look at the former two-sport star as he trains with the Texas Rangers, who own his baseball rights, at spring training and learns that the University of Wisconsin product may aspire to play the two sports professionally one day.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

(Tony Gwynn, Jr. speaking with correspondent Jon Frankel.)

            *Big League Chew. When baseball great Tony Gwynn died last summer from salivary gland cancer at age 54, smokeless tobacco in Major League Baseball became a hot topic yet again. It’s estimated that a third of MLB players chew or dip smokeless tobacco – a number new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would like to see reduced to zero. When REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel first examined the issue in May 2011, he discovered why this controversial custom is permitted, why so many players use when the health risks are well documented and how its popularity among the game’s elite affects the players of tomorrow. Now, Frankel sits down with Manfred to get the league’s current stance on the issue and hears from Gwynn’s son, major leaguer Tony Jr., who knows all too well about the toll smokeless tobacco can take.

Producers: Tim Walker, Nisreen Habbal.

Throughout 2015, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who closes each show with a personal, unfiltered take on an element of sports. This month, longtime HBO favorite Chris Rock offers his take on African-Americans and baseball.

Other HBO playdates: April 21 (2:45 a.m.), 23 (9:00 a.m., 5:15 p.m.), 25 (12:45 a.m.), 26 (12:45 p.m.) and 29 (6:00 p.m., 4:10 a.m.), and May 2 (10:00 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. PT only) and 6 (1:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 27 (8:00 p.m.) and 30 (9:45 p.m.), and May 3 (3:00 p.m.), 5 (4:45 p.m.), 9 (9:30 a.m.), 12 (11:45 a.m., 2:15 a.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.) and 18 (4:00 p.m.)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

On March 24, REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL received five nominations for the 2015 Sports Emmy® Awards, in the Outstanding Sports Journalism and Outstanding Sports News Anthology categories. The winners will be announced May 5.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on April 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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